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Jess Wright reveals how her family rallied together following uncle Edward’s Covid death

Jess Wright has detailed how her family rallied together following the tragic death of her uncle Edward ‘Eddie’ Wright.

Eddie, whose son is Jess’ cousin Elliott Wright, tragically passed away aged 66 at the beginning of March following an eight-week battle with Covid. 

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Jess, 35, revealed how the Wright clan were coping amid their grief and said would be spending Father’s Day all together this year.  

Coming together: Jess Wright has detailed how her family rallied together following the tragic death of her uncle Edward ‘Eddie’ Wright (pictured together with aunt Debbie) 

Jess explained: ‘Obviously we’ve got Father’s Day coming up and we’re conscious that will be the first without my uncle here for my cousins.

‘I imagine on Father’s Day we’ll all be together, the 30 of us, whereas before everyone may have done separate things. 

‘We’re all trying to be there for each other more, spending more time together.’

Eddie, who is the father of Jess’s The Only Way Is Essex co-star cousin Elliot Wright, 41, was laid to rest in April. 

Supported: Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Jess, 35, revealed how the Wright clan were coping amid their grief and said would be spending Father's Day all together this year

Supported: Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Jess, 35, revealed how the Wright clan were coping amid their grief and said would be spending Father’s Day all together this year

Jess said her father Mark Sr, Eddie’s brother, has stepped up to care for his family, keeping a close eye on their well-being since Eddie’s death 

Jess, who is the new ambassador for Simone Thomas Wellness, explained: ‘Because my dad is the second out of four brothers, I feel he has taken on my uncle’s role.

‘He has always been the nurturer of all of us and he’s always been the one that has got us together, making sure everyone’s OK.’ 

Gone but not forgotten: Eddie, whose son is Jess' cousin Elliott Wright, tragically passed away aged 66 at the beginning of March following an eight-week battle with Covid

Gone but not forgotten: Eddie, whose son is Jess’ cousin Elliott Wright, tragically passed away aged 66 at the beginning of March following an eight-week battle with Covid

Following Eddie’s death in March, Jess took to Instagram to pen: ‘Broken. It still doesn’t seem real that you’re gone. 

‘You leave the biggest hole in our family’s heart because you were everything that represented the Wright’s & you did everything you could to keep us together as much as possible as it meant so much to you. 

‘Not just my uncle, but like a second dad to me in so many ways. The best grandad, dad, husband, son & uncle there ever could be. 

‘Your smile lights up every room & you are the glue that held us all together. I will look after nanny & grandad just like you did so well, I promise. 

‘And your children who I love like my own brothers and sister, & of course auntie Deb ❤️❤️. 

‘I miss you so much already Ed, see you again some day. Love you uncle Eddie ❤️,’ 

 The reality star also penned a heartfelt tribute after the funeral in April, writing: ‘Yesterday we said goodbye to you for the final time & whilst we are all brokenhearted, I am also beaming with pride to see how loved you were.

‘Your presence felt so clear throughout the day, and all I could think of was your warm beautiful smile & happy laugh.’  

Heartbreaking: Edward 'Eddie' Wright was laid to rest in April leaving the Wright family devastated (pictured with his nephew Mark left and son Elliott right)

Heartbreaking: Edward ‘Eddie’ Wright was laid to rest in April leaving the Wright family devastated (pictured with his nephew Mark left and son Elliott right) 

Jess’ brother Mark has previously spoken out about how tough his family found the pandemic after six of his relatives caught the coronavirus.

As well as his uncle Eddie, both his parents – Mark Snr and Carol, 60, another uncle Georgie, 62, his grandmother Irene, 85, and his grandfather all tested positive within days of each other despite ‘not mixing’ together.

Mark said he prayed every day and night for his father who was admitted to hospital. His mother Carol and uncle Georgie were able to recover at home.  

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mark said: ‘It’s been extremely hard. It’s been a year I will never, but I would like to, forget, because it’s hit my family pretty hard.

‘But we live and we move on and we had an amazing send off for my uncle.

‘Look for now, I just want to look forward and remember how special he was in my life and keep doing the things I do to make him proud, because he was so proud of everything I do.

‘Out of everyone in my family, he was one of those people, he knew every time – I said this actually in an interview the other week – he knew every time I was on GMB.’ 

Jess is the 2021/2022 ambassador for Simone Thomas Wellness [simonethomaswellness.com] and is fronting their Moments In Time campaign.

Emotional: Jess' brother Mark has previously spoken out about how tough his family found the pandemic after six of his relatives caught the coronavirus (pictured with mum Carol and Eddie)

Emotional: Jess’ brother Mark has previously spoken out about how tough his family found the pandemic after six of his relatives caught the coronavirus (pictured with mum Carol and Eddie)


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